A Texas sheriff was indicted Monday in connection with the destruction of reality-TV show footage that showed deputies chasing down and using force on a black man who died last year.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was hit with a third-degree felony charge of evidence tampering tied to an investigation into the March 2019 death of Javier Ambler, that was filmed by a crew from A&E’s “Live PD.”
Ambler, 40, died after deputies repeatedly tased him as he begged “I can’t breathe” and pleaded that he was sick.
In June, Williamson County prosecutors announced a probe “involving possible tampering with evidence” following Ambler’s in-custody death.
The announcement came a week after the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV reported details of the fatal encounter and that “Live PD” had destroyed its footage.
As an investigation into Ambler’s death was underway, Chody is accused of destroying or concealing recordings “with intent to impair their ability as evidence in the investigation,” court records show.
He was booked into his jail Monday on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Travis County prosecutors are separately investigating the use of force in Ambler’s death.
With Post wires